Near Columbia in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Mark Twain Cabin
—Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail —
Erected 1929 by Tuolumne County Chamber Commerce. (Marker Number 138.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail marker series.
Location. 37° 59.961′ N, 120° 28.612′ W. Marker is near Columbia, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Jackass Hill Road 0.7 miles north of State Highway 49, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Angels Camp CA 95222, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Mark Twain Cabin (a few steps from this marker); The Story Under the Lake (approx. 0.7 miles away); a different Mark Twain Cabin (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tuttletown (approx. one mile away); Robinson's Ferry (approx. 1.7 miles away); Archie D. Stevenot (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mormon Battalion Monument (approx. 2 miles away); Archie Stevenot (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
Regarding Mark Twain Cabin. (Text of Rotary Club plaque shown on Photograph No. 5. This plaque can be seen on the white boulder on Photograph 4.) This cabin was first built in 1922 to commemorate the famed author’s presence in Tuolumne County during the winter of 1864–65. Sam Clemens had come over the mountains from Virgina City, Nevada, to San Francisco with his friend Steve Gillis. His various biographers gave different reasons for Clemens coming to Jackass Hill. No matter the reason, Sam Clemens arrived here on December 4, 1864.
Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, stayed with the other two Gillis brothers, Jim and Bill, and Dick Stoker (local pocket miners) until about February 25, 1865. While living on the hill, Sam heard the story
Time and the elements took their toll on the first “Mark Twain Cabin,” so the Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club, during 2002-05, restored the cabin as its centennial project, celebrating 100 years of rotary (1905–2005). This cabin was dedicated on February 23, 2005, the 100th birthday of Rotary International.
Also see . . .
1. Bret Harte and Mark Twain in the Gold Country.
2. The Mark Twain Cabin.
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